Sustainability in Sutton

Last month a visiting party of academics from the Local Public Policy and Human Resource Research Centre (LORC), Ryukoku University, Japan, met with council officers at the London Borough of Sutton to discuss the work of the Sutton Partnership in challenging climate change and promoting local sustainability. The meeting which took place at Bioregional’s offices […]


Mayors in Action United Against Poverty

At the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2009, Japan Local Government Centre has joined hands with millions of people around the world in the initiative ‘Mayors in Action United Against Poverty’ an initiative of UN Millennium Campaign and UCLG acting together for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). […]



Japan Local Government Centre would like to thank all the British organisations who assisted the Tokyo 2016 bid during the campaign and extends its congratulations to Rio de Janeiro in winning its bid to host the games.


In praise of lean

The recently relaunched Local Government Chronicle website carries an interview with ubiquitous management guru John Seddon. Interestingly, it mentions that much of Seddon’s lean management mantra is borrowed from Taiichi Ohno, the much vaunted founder of the Toyota Production System or ‘Just In Time’ process: What Ohno was doing was to say ‘don’t codify methods, […]


LGA/IDeA international symposium

2 October 2009, 10:00-15:30 Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ Japan Local Government Centre and the Embassy of Japan will be participating in this LGA/IDeA event, aimed at offering international and local perspectives through keynote sessions, panel debate and interactive discussion groups on five key policy areas: * Climate change * Tackling and […]


All the fun of the Matsuri

Londonist has a fairly wide-ranging selection of pictures and commentary for last weekend’s Japan Matsuri.


East Meets East End

This weekend (19 September) sees the 2009 Japan Matsuri in London. From 10am in Spitalfields Market, the festival promises Japan-themed entertainment, stalls and food. The event will be addressed by Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London. Created by the Japan Society and the Japanese Residents Association, in collaboration with other leading Japanese organizations (including Japan […]


The art of local regeneration

1 October 2009, from 6.30pm The Japan Foundation Russell Square House 10-12 Russell Square London WC1B 5EH During the past decade, there has been a boom in contemporary art projects in various areas of Japan, often as a tool of town or city regeneration. What may be unique about these projects is that many are […]


Leeds link up with Japan

From Leeds City Council website: A delegation from Leeds has flown to Japan to share the city’s good practice in promoting health and wellbeing for older people. Representatives from Leeds City Council’s adult social care service, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences and Armley Helping Hands are all-expenses-paid guests of the Japanese government and Professor Toshiaki […]


2016 bid enters final straight

As noted over at the Tokyo 2016 blog, the IOC’s Evaluation Commission Report has been published ahead of the final vote in Copenhagen on 2 October to determine the host city for the 2016 Olympics. Highlights of Tokyo 2016’s evaluation include: “The Games concept is based on providing minimum travel time for athletes and other […]